When I was in Macau I had the privillege of dining at Treasure Palace, a restaurant famed for their Cantonese fare and more importantly helmed by Michelin Star Chef Mr. Tam Kwok-fung. Just in case you don’t know, Michelin Star is awarded to restaurants by the Michelin Red Guide, a series of annual guide books published by Michelin to acknowledge top restaurants and world chefs. It is one of the most recognized rating system in the world so if a chef is awarded even with a star, it indicates an exceptional quality and culinary skill in him/her.
Renowned celebrity chef Martin Yan also collaborated with Chef Tam to create a selection of lucky signature dishes featured in the “Exquisite Eight Specials” menu, designed to let visitors “taste the luck” (at the Casinos too?) at City of Dreams. This special menu will be served at Treasure Palace until the end of the year.
We were served the set course dinner, starting with the Assorted Cold Dishes Shanghainese Style as appetizers. Firstly, Cold Spiced Beef Shank and Tendon – dense and tender but not chewy, full of beefy goodness. It was easily my favorite among the appetizers.
As you all might have known from my previous post, the House of Dancing Water is finally open to the world after 5 years of development and HK$2 billion spent to create and produce. I was lucky enough to attend the media launch even before the world premiere last week, which was an unforgettable experience.
And now I will share with you some facts about the show, hopefully they are interesting enough to make you feel like going to Macau to experience the largest and most spectacular water-based show on earth.
This uniquely created show, housed in a purpose-built theater designed with multiple breakthroughs including a stage pool that is able to hold a record breaking 3.7 million gallons water (equivalent to 5 Olympic-sized swimming pools) is located at City of Dreams, Macau. By employing the latest technology, the aquatic stage could be converted into a solid floor in a matter of seconds using 11 ten-ton elevators.
Franco Dragone, a creative genius from Belgium whose shows have been seen by over 65 million people worldwide is the mastermind behind the show. The state-of-the-art theater (click for the full image) is basically divided into four zones, with tickets priced at HK$1,280, $880, $680 and $380 respectively.
Hi guys, I just came back from Macau two days ago from the official media launch of the House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams. Thanks to the nice people at Fleishman Hillard, I was one of the three media (the other two being TheStar and Nuyou) from Malaysia to be invited to this event. It was definitely an eye opening experience and I had lots of fun.
FYI the House of Dancing Water is the world’s largest and most spectacular water extravaganza costing HKD 2 billion+ (USD 250 million) This production is the brainchild of Mr. Lawrence Ho and personally created and directed by Mr. Franco Dragone, one of the world’s greatest show maker.
I will write briefly about my three days spent in Macau and also show some photos from the show, then followed by a more detailed one later.
City of Dreams is located along the Cotai strip sitting on the Cotai reclamation area in Macau. The name ‘Cotai’ comes from the fact that it sits between Taipa Island and Coloane Island. Convenient naming eh?
Anyway, City of Dreams is constructed in the style of a podium with four towers: Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers Hotel and the Grand Hyatt Macau, it also has three casinos, lots of restaurants and high-end retail shops for the jet setting shoppers.
City of Dream’s design is heavily influenced by water, a huge reason why the concept of a ‘Dancing Water Theater’ was born. And if you notice, the walls have a shape of water ripple. For the Chinese, water is an important element especially when it comes to Feng Shui.
For the first night I was staying at the Grand Hyatt Macau. Seriously, I didn’t expect to stay in such a nice hotel, must have been my lucky day.